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Open-City role for Guardian chief

Open-City has appointed Guardian News managing director Tim Brooks the new chair of its board of trustees

Brooks succeeds former chair Jane Priestman at the not-for-profit architecture organisation, which changed its name from Open House in March to reflect its increased influence in projects across London.

Open-City works in education, research, design advice, training and campaigns in the capital, striving to work with government on its plans to give local people more say in the planning process.

Victoria Thornton, founding director of Open-City said: ‘To be able to attract someone of Tim’s calibre and professional standing is a real coup for Open-City and all our team are looking forward to working with him.’

Brooks (pictured) said: ‘At a time when the public realm faces significant change and new pressures, I am very pleased to be able to give my time and experience to help Open-City continue to thrive in the future, as it has done for nearly 20 years now.’

Tim Brooks will chair a board of trustees that now includes Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times architecture critic; Eva Jiricna, director Jiricna Architects; Fred Manson, regeneration expert; Helen Newman, partner at Olswang; Jane Priestman and the Nick Raynsford, former housing minister.

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